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Letter from the Editor: The Ties That Bind

by on December 01, 2017 11:18 AM

There's really nothing magical about the flip of the calendar, but it does give us a good reason to look back on good moments and bad, victories big and small, and things we wish we'd done differently.

And as we get older, it means shaking our heads about how quickly another year has passed. On a personal level, my wife and I find it hard to believe that we’ve already been in our new home here for a year and a half. As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun.

Ultimately, December is as good a time as any to take stock of ourselves and our community – large and small.

On a national scale, news coverage has been dominated by troubling stories of intolerance, and a continuing shift in political discourse in which the focus seems to be on name-calling and pouncing on division rather than working to find common ground.

Thankfully, closer to home, it’s much easier to focus on the good in people, on the things that bind us as a community.

At Town&Gown, we have a tradition each December of profiling a few of the many special residents who make this community great. We call them People Who Make a Difference.

This year, we celebrate the contributions of one person who’s well-known for her extraordinary work over the years to help others in need, philanthropist Barbara Palmer.

We’ll also introduce you to two amazing people you may not know of, unless you’ve been personally touched by their efforts.

Jamie Jones is director of the Centre County Child Access Program, which operates a safe custody exchange program. She works with families under the most difficult of circumstances, ensuring the safe exchange of children between parents in contentious situations.

Alex Dyakiw is a deacon with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bellefonte. Among other places, he volunteers at Centre Crest and at the Centre County Correctional Facility. He offers counsel and comfort to lonely people, some looking at the end of life, others going through the darkest of times. Dyakiw is there for them.

In the spirit of the season, we’re also happy to share with you this month some of our own favorite holiday libations and desserts. They’re probably not on your diet, but when you sit down for that turkey or ham dinner, be sure to save some room for some of these treats. It’ll be worth the extra workout!

As always, thank you to our readers and our advertisers for allowing us to bring these stories into your homes and businesses each month. Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year!




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